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June 16, 2009

Comic crash: No comic sold 100,000 in May 2009

ICv2 - Comic Sales Crash in May
After rebounding in April, comic sales dropped a staggering 19% in May versus May 2008, while graphic novel sales declined by 13%, leading to an overall drop-off for the month of 18%. A lack of potent #1 issues as well as the absence of Dark Avengers certainly didn’t help comic sales this May, a month in which no single title even came close to breaking the 100K barrier. In contrast ... May of 2008 ... boasted seven titles over 100,000...

Happy Bloomsday!

Ulysses "Seen" | I: Telemachus | 0002 Today is the day when Joyce's "Ulysses" takes place. To celebrate, check out this comic adaptation of Ulysses!

June 15, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Darkmagic

Penny Arcade! - Jim Darkmagic

June 13, 2009

FreakAngels | Episode 0058

FreakAngels | Episode 0058 fa0058.JPG FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

June 12, 2009

D&D is Lame

webcomics @ chainsawsuit by kris straub for Friday, June 12, 2009

June 09, 2009

Ellis' Do Anything 002 - Kirby, Lucas, Druillet

Bleeding Cool � Do Anything 002 by Warren Ellis
... In a 1979 interview, George Lucas explicitly cited [French writer/artist Philippe] Druillet — but not Kirby — as a visual influence on STAR WARS. Publicity images for the latter three films in that sequence (which I’ve never seen) look like photographic versions of character designs from Druillet’s SALAMMBO. But Darth Vader exudes the stench of Darkseid, and those huge spacegoing wedges could easily be Kirby’s. I like to think they would have found something to talk about. ... Druillet was already doing New Gods, five years before Kirby’s NEW GODS. And more, he was doing the postmodern, deconstructed version, Kirby with gravemoss grown over him and his towers and starships, designing STAR WARS ten years before Lucas had beaten out the first awful draft of the film (the one whose treatment begins “The is the story of Mace Windu, a revered Jedi-bendu of Ophuchi who was related to Usby C. J. Thape, a padawaan leader to the famed Jedi.”).

June 07, 2009

NPR Marketplace reporter claims no one can make money online doing a comic strip

Marketplace: The fate of comics after newspapers

The staggering lack of research in this article is staggering. There are dozens if not hundreds of comic creators online who make a living at it. Besides the obvious choices like Penny Arcade, PVPOnline, XKCD, Achewood and Girl Genius you have . . . y'know, I'm not even going to bother to list them here. NPR ran an incredibly ignorant segment and now I'm sure baby boomers all around America now believe this. Which means that all of these comic creators who *do* make decent money online are about to get calls from their parents saying, "I know you say you're doing good with your drawings, but I was listening to NPR and . . . "

For bonus fun, check out the comment section on the linked page wherein comic fans line up with bats to take a whack at the reporter as if he were some pinata full of hemp totebags and free-trade coffee mugs and green energy wind-up radios.

One reason newspapers are in trouble is that you can so happily get your news other places. It's fun to scan the Web for stories. It's easy to, you know, check your stocks on your phone. But there's one part of newspapers that seems to go best with a cup of coffee and some crinkly newsprint, and that is the comics section. Reporter John Rabe wanted to know: What happens to comics if newspapers die?

. . .

All comics are already online, but nobody's found a way yet to get the web to pay enough so that drawing a strip can stay a full-time job.

Cartoonists are worried. . . .

*via Gabe from Penny Arcade's twitterstream*

June 05, 2009

FreakAngels | Episode 0057

FreakAngels | Episode 0057 fa0057.JPG
FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

June 01, 2009

FreakAngels | Episode 0056

fa0056.JPG FreakAngels | Episode 0056
FREAKANGELS is a free, weekly, ongoing comic written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Paul Duffield.

May 28, 2009

The Fontalist!

webcomics @ chainsawsuit by kris straub for Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sometimes the comics Kris Straub makes are like a laser-guided torpedo aimed right at my heart.

Archie & Veronica are getting married

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog -- Archie In… A Different Class!

And the inimitable Chris Sims celebrates as only he can . . .

. . . by captioning Archie comics with the lyrics of Pulp's seminal hit, "Common People."

May 27, 2009

The origin of Ada Lovelace

2D Goggles -- The Origin/About

So awesome.

Click thru for more.